Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2019

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold

In this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

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I Will Never See the World Again

I Will Never See the World Again

Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar

From the confines of his prison cell in Istanbul, one of Turkey's greatest living novelists reflects upon hope, despair and the light literature can bring to even the darkest places.

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 Read reviewFurious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Casey Cep

The stunning true story of an Alabama serial killer, and the trial that obsessed the author of To Kill a Mockingbird in the years after the publication of her classic novel - a complicated and difficult time in her life...

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 Read reviewGuest House for Young Widows

Guest House for Young Widows

Azadeh Moaveni

An intimate, deeply reported account of the women who made a shocking decision: to leave their comfortable lives behind and join the Islamic State.

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 Read reviewThe Anarchy

The Anarchy

William Dalrymple

In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

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The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984

Dorian Lynskey

In The Ministry of Truth, Dorian Lynskey charts the life of George Orwell's 1984: one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, a perennial bestseller, and a work that remains more relevant than ever in today's tumultuous...

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The Outlaw Ocean

The Outlaw Ocean

Ian Urbina

The Outlaw Ocean is a riveting, adrenaline-fuelled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.

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Maoism: A Global History

Maoism: A Global History

Julia Lovell

The first global history of Maosim that explores Maos' life, ideas, influence and legacy as a power that shaped the world well beyond the borders of China.

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Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed

Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed

Catrina Davies

The memoir of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home, nature and belonging.

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On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons

On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons

Laura Cumming

Uncovering the mystery of her mother's disappearance as a child: Laura Cumming, prize-winning author and art critic, takes a closer look at her family story

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